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PUBLIC HEALTH ASSESSMENT

DELILAH ROAD
EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, ATLANTIC COUNTY, NEW JERSEY


CONCLUSIONS

From the information reviewed, the Delilah Road Landfill site is judged to have constituted a public health hazard in the past on the basis of exposure of chronic duration, through the ingestion pathway, to hazardous substances present in the potable well water of residents immediately adjacent to the site. However, as a result of mitigative action taken by the NJDEPE to address this exposure pathway, the Delilah Road Landfill site is currently judged to represent no apparent public health hazard.

From the information reviewed, one potable well (PO-25) exhibited contamination of a greater public health significance than generally exhibited by other potable wells sampled in the RI/FS.

There were insufficient data to determine whether the presence of mercury in potable wells was a result of site related contamination.

Remedial activities specified in the Record of Decision for the Delilah Road Landfill, when implemented, are sufficient to address remaining concerns of the ATSDR, the NJDOH, and the community regarding the site, and are consistent with protection of the public health.


RECOMMENDATIONS

A. Recommendations and the Health Activities Recommendations Panel (HARP) Statement.

Cease/Reduce Exposure Recommendations

  1. The remedial activities specified in the selected remedy of the Record of Decision, specifically to close the Delilah Road Landfill in accordance with promulgated solid waste landfill closure requirements, are consistent with protection of the public health. The ATSDR and the NJDOH encourage implementation of this remedial plan with all possible expediency.
  2. Unauthorized access to the site should be restricted.

Site and Exposure Characterization Recommendations

Should additional data become available regarding characterization of on-site soil contamination prior to closure and/or restriction of access to the landfill ATSDR and NJDOH should review the public health significance of this information.

Health Activities Review Panel Statement

In accordance with CERCLA as amended, the Delilah Road Landfill site, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, has been reviewed for appropriate follow-up with respect to health activities. This site is being considered for follow-up health activities at this time. Specifically, should ATSDR decide to expand the benzene subregistry part of the National Exposure Registry, this site will be considered for inclusion in that subregistry.

B. Public Health Actions

The Public Health Action Plan (PHAP) for the Delilah Road Landfill site contains a description of the actions to be taken by ATSDR and/or NJDOH at or in the vicinity of the site subsequent to the completion of this Public Health Assessment. The purpose of the PHAP is to ensure that this health assessment not only identifies public health hazards, but provides a plan of action designed to mitigate and prevent adverse human health effects resulting from exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. Included, is a commitment on the part of ATSDR/NJDOH to follow up on this plan to ensure that it is implemented. The public health actions to be implemented by ATSDR/NJDOH are as follows:

Public Health Actions Taken

  1. Environmental data and proposed remedial activities have been evaluated within the context of human exposure pathways and relevant public health issues.

Public Health Actions Planned

  1. ATSDR and the NJDOH will coordinate with the appropriate environmental agencies to develop plans to implement the cease/reduce exposure and site characterization recommendations contained in this health assessment.
  2. ATSDR will provide an annual follow up to this PHAP, outlining the actions completed and those in progress. This report will be placed in repositories that contain copies of this health assessment, and will be provided to persons who request it.
  3. The ATSDR and/or the NJDOH will reevaluate and expand the Public Health Action Plan (PHAP) when needed. New environmental, toxicological, health outcome data, or the results of implementing the above proposed actions may determine the need for additional actions at this site.

CERTIFICATION

The Public Health Assessment for the Delilah Road Landfill site was prepared by the New Jersey Department of Health under a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). It is in accordance with approved methodology and procedures existing at the time the public health assessment was initiated.

Gregory V. Ulirsch
Technical Project Officer, SPS, SSAB, DHAC

The Division of Health Assessment and Consultation (DHAC), ATSDR, has reviewed this Public Health Assessment and concurs with its findings.

Robert C. Williams
Division Director, DHAC, ATSDR


PREPARERS OF REPORT

Preparer of Report:

James Pasqualo
Project Manager: ATSDR Health Assessment Project
Environmental Health Service
New Jersey Department of Health

ATSDR Regional Representative:

Arthur Block
Senior Regional Representative
Region II

ATSDR Technical Project Officer:

Gregory V. Ulirsch
Environmental Health Specialist
Remedial Programs Branch
Division of Health Assessment and Consultation


REFERENCES

  1. Remedial Investigation Report; Phase I and II, Remedial Investigation Feasibility Study Of Delilah Road Landfill. Camp, Dresser, & McKee Inc.: Edison, N.J., August 1989.


  2. Feasibility Study Report, Remedial Investigation Feasibility Study of Delilah Road Landfill. Camp, Dresser, & McKee Inc.:Edison, N.J., August 1989.


  3. Statement Of Work; Delilah Road Landfill. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy: Trenton, N.J., April 1991.


  4. Community Relations Plan, Delilah Road Site. NUS Corporation; USEPA Work Assignment Number 12-2VB5.0, March 1984.


  5. Record of Decision; Delilah Road Landfill. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Energy: Trenton, N.J., September 1990.


  6. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Draft Toxicological Profile for Tetrachloroethylene. Atlanta, Georgia: Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, October 1991.


  7. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Draft Toxicological Profile for Benzene. Atlanta, Georgia: Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, October 1991.


  8. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Toxicological Profile for Mercury. Atlanta, Georgia: Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, December 1989.


  9. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Draft Toxicological Profile for Lead. Atlanta, Georgia: Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, October 1991.


  10. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Draft Toxicological Profile for Cadmium. Atlanta, Georgia: Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, October 1991.


  11. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Draft Toxicological Profile for Arsenic. Atlanta, Georgia: Agency For Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, October 1991.


  12. Ram, N.M., Christman, R.F., and Cantor, K.P., Eds. "Significance and Treatment of Volatile Organic Chemicals in Water Supplies." Chelsea, Maine: Lewis Publishers. pp. 485-504.

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